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I love my job, and had been working at it steadily for several years when, out of the blue, I hit a wall. I was used to performing at a high level and worried about this drop in energy. When I expressed my concern to a friend, a successful nonprofit executive, he recommended a hack that sounded so ridiculously simple, I had to give it a try.
His number one piece of advice? Better sleep. “It’s not just how many hours of sleep you get that matters,” he said. “It’s the quality of that sleep.”
I ’d just gotten a new mattress from one of those online mattress companies but was still waking each night from being too hot. So, I decided to try to another bedroom upgrade– new sheets. Specifically, Brooklinen sheets.
I’ll be honest: I had my doubts that the solution to my problem was as easy as changing my sheets. Throughout my twenties, I approached the purchase of bedding with the same level of discernment I applied to any essential household good: Is this version of a product one notch above the cheapest available version? Great — buy it and assume it’ll do its job.
It turns out I’d been going about sheets all wrong. The first night I drifted off to sleep between Brooklinen’s Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, I snoozed so well, it was a revelation. I hadn’t even known I was sleeping poorly until I woke up the next morning feeling like a million bucks.
And that feeling translated into my work. I’m more productive than ever before because I’m getting deep, quality rest. “Sleeping between these sheets is like sleeping between two clouds!” one reviewer raved on Brooklinen’s site. That’s no exaggeration. The sheets are soft yet crisp. Woven to a 480 thread count in a buttery-smooth sateen, they envelop you in luxurious comfort.
But don’t let any of those adjectives mislead you — you won’t get overheated and sweaty sleeping between these sheets. Quite the opposite, in fact — the material is cool and breathable, made of natural, 100% long-staple cotton that’s OEKO-TEX certified. They test for harmful substances that are prohibited or regulated by law and chemicals known to be harmful to health. Which means I sleep even easier, secure in the knowledge that my ultra-plush bedding is also ultra-safe.
Brooklinen’s Luxe Hardcore set simply makes my bedroom a restful, stress-free zone. For one thing, the set made me more organized. It includes literally everything I needed to make my bed not only feel good but look great: a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover and two extra pillowcases. (That’s right—you get four pillowcases in total! Take that, generic bed-in-a-bag with only two cases!)
The soothing, neutral colors are calming while still exuding sophistication. I chose Brooklinen’s “mix and match,” ordering my duvet cover and extra pillowcases in Smoke, and my fitted sheet, flat sheet and two “core” pillowcases in Solid White. But Brooklinen offers plenty of options, in cool colors like Sky Blue and Cream, and classic patterns like Windowpane and Bedford Navy Stripe.
For me, having zero stress around the issue of sleep means zero stress around work. I’m more productive at the office — hitting the ground running in the morning and tackling the day’s most important objectives one by one. And because I’m killing it at my job, my work-life balance has improved. Gone are the days when I’d stay late at the office, finishing a project I just hadn’t felt inspired to tackle earlier. Now, I leave work on time, so I can actually do the things I love: go for bike rides, try new restaurants, and host dinner parties for friends.
Now, whenever a friend or colleague asks for my number one productivity hack, I always tell them the same thing: Change your sheets, change your life.
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